Jannetje is the Dutch name for Janet. It is pronounced YON-eh-chuh. I have had this
particular name pronounced for me several times by people born in the Netherlands,
including a Dutch Reformed pastor. I have also corresponded with a person in The
Netherlands about the pronunciation of this name.
The -tje and -tie endings for female names are both pronounced the same which is why you
may have seen them both used for the same woman. They are pronounced -chuh. As
implausible as that sounds, it comes from pronouncing -tee-uh fast, as you would in normal
conversation. Tee-uh becomes -chuh. Try to say YON-eh-tee-uh fast a few times and you
will be able to see how it would be easy to slide into saying -chuh at the end of the name
Fytje and Fytie are pronounced FEE-chuh and translated as Sophia. This is the name of an
important ancestor of mine, so I also inquired about the pronunciation of this name as
On my website, I have posted a list of 55 Dutch names and their translations. I also
provide a link to another site which has a list of 150 names.
You will find the lists in Instructional Aids.